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The Domestic AbroadDiasporas in International Relations$
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Latha Varadarajan

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199733910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199733910.001.0001

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Putting the Diaspora in Its Place

Putting the Diaspora in Its Place

From Colonial Transnationalism to Postcolonial Nationalism

(p.51) 3 Putting the Diaspora in Its Place
The Domestic Abroad

Latha Varadarajan (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter is the first of three chapters explaining the production of the Indian domestic abroad. At the moment of independence in 1947, the postcolonial Indian state very deliberately adopted a policy of distancing itself from the emigrant communities identified variously as “Indians abroad” or “Overseas Indians.” What made this move puzzling was that these very groups had not too long ago been identified by the Indian nationalist movement as an essential part of the Indian nation that had been involved in an epic struggle against British colonial rule. The chapter sets up the puzzle of the shift from the transnational nationalism that prevailed during colonialism, and the nature of the more territorially based nationalism that replaced it following independence. Following postcolonial scholarship, it begins by situating the contestations regarding the meaning and extent of the modern Indian nation and state in the context of the historical experience of colonialism.

Keywords:   Indian National Congress, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indian nationalism, British colonialism, Indians abroad, postcolonial, partition, nonalignment, sovereignty

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